The state requires us to inform you that for a complete inspection, the tank should be pumped. We can inspect most tanks without pumping due to new technologies and tools in use, so our standard inspection does not include pumping.
You have the choice at the time you schedule the inspection to:
Have the tank pumped
Decline to have the tank pumped
If we inspect without pumping, we will tell you as part of the report whether the tank:
Does not need to be pumped
Is about ready to be pumped - buyer can have it done before or after closing, or try to negotiate it with the seller
Is overly full - buyer or seller can arrange to have it pumped or contract with us to have it pumped.
Please contact our office if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.
Septic Pumping FAQs
Pumping cannot be completed
What areas do you cover?
Right now we service Western NC.
How far in advance do I need to schedule?
Does someone need to meet you there?
We have Sentrilock accesss and do not need anyone to be there; though the client, property owner, and their agents are welcome to attend, just let us know when you schedule if anyone is planning on meeting us there. If you are a buyer or buyer's agent purchasing a For-Sale-By-Owner, please let us know that when you order.
Does a Septic Tank have to be pumped during an inspection?
The state requires us to inform you that for a complete inspection, the tank should be pumped.
Why wouldn't I have the tank pumped during the inspection?
If you are the property owner ordering an insepction for your information or before listing/selling the house and haven't had it pumped in the last 3 - 5 years, you probably want to go ahead and plan on having it pumped during the inspection.
How do you determine if a tank needs pumped?
According to state codes, a tank needs pumped on both sides when either (or both) chamber has solids as 33% of its liquid depth. We have a tool which we use to measure the solids in both chambers to determine if a tank needs to be pumped.
Tanks that are being over used (more people or water usage than designed for, non biodegrable items being flushed, etc) or haven't been pumped in more than 5 years often need pumped.
Tanks that are under used (vacation homes, an elderly person living alone in a 4 bedroom house, etc) can sometimes go longer between pumping.
How much is pumping?
With our inspection or for a tank that has both lids uncovered when we arrive: